## One Million? One Billion? Big Swedish NumbersPosted by Marcus Cederström on Aug 5, 2013 in Vocabulary

If you’re like me, you probably find yourself having to count all of the money you made last year. And they are big numbers. Billions even. Obviously. There’s a lot of money to be made in teaching.

But what if you want to count all that money in Swedish? Have no fear. Below I’ve included a vocab list with some of the words you’ll need to just keep counting.

A few things to keep in mind:

Sweden (and plenty of other countries) separates their numbers with decimal points, not commas. So a mile is 5,280 feet in English, but 5.280 feet in Swedish. But what if you have to drive ten and a half miles? 10.5 in English, right? 10,5 in Swedish.

Swedish numbers tend to be written as compound words, but do not have to be. I’ll be honest, I don’t have a good answer here (if you have a good citation, please write in the comments below!). Depending on which grammar book you consult, you’ll get conflicting results. Some places separate the words with each comma/decimal: 20,777 = tjugotusen sjuhundrasjutiosju. Others don’t. Chances are, you shouldn’t actually use words to write out these numbers anyway.

Once you get to those big numbers, things change a bit. One million is en miljon. But two million is två miljoner. Make sure to add that –er when you get that high. Fem miljonersex miljardersju biljarder. You get the idea.

Also, those big numbers? They don’t follow the same pattern as we use here in the United States. Sweden uses the long scale for naming those big numbers so en miljard means one billion, but en biljon means one trillion.

Finally, here are the numbers:

 Svenska Numbers Tjugoett 21 Tjugotvå 22 Tjugotre 23 Tjugofyra 24 Tjugofem 25 Tjugosex 26 Tjugosju 27 Tjugoåtta 28 Tjugonio 29 Trettio 30 Fyrtio 40 Femtio 50 Sextio 60 Sjuttio 70 Åttio 80 Nittio 90 (ett/en) Hundra 100 Tvåhundra 200 Tvåhundrafemtio 250 (ett) Tusen 1,000 åttatusentrehundrasexton 8,316 Tio tusen 10,000 (ett) Hundratusen 100,000 etthundratusenfemton 100,015 En miljon 1,000,000 En miljon etthundratjugotretusen 1,123,000 Fyra miljoner 4,000,000 Sju miljoner fyrahundrafemtiosextusen 7,456,000 En miljard 1,000,000,000 En biljon 1,000,000,000,000

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### About the Author: Marcus Cederström

Marcus Cederström has been writing for the Transparent Swedish Blog since 2009. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Scandinavian Studies from the University of Oregon, a Master's Degree in Scandinavian Studies from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and a PhD in Scandinavian Studies and Folklore from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He has taught Swedish for several years and still spells things wrong. So, if you see something, say something.